Shorewood Schools: A Tradition of Excellence

Setting High Standards in Educational Excellence

Our nationally recognized school system is one of Shorewood’s finest assets. We offer outstanding academic programs complemented by stimulating extracurricular activities to promote high achievement and performance, including athletics, music, art and a nationally recognized drama program. Our schools seek to develop students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, exhibit strong positive character and are engaged in the world around them.

Students are motivated to succeed by a nurturing well-educated staff - more than 73% hold a master’s degree or above. Our goal is to develop well-rounded, self-confident individuals prepared for a lifetime of learning. Our learning strategies are designed to foster individual talents and abilities to create future leaders of their families, their professions, and their communities.

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District Schools

  • Bright Beginnings Preschool (operated by the District’s Recreation and Community Services Department)
  • Atwater Elementary (K-6 grade)
  • Lake Bluff Elementary School (K-6 grade)
  • Shorewood Intermediate School (7 & 8 grades)
  • Shorewood High School (9-12 grade)
  • New Horizons Charter School (9-12 grade)

Academic Recognition

  • The U.S. Department of Education named Shorewood High School as a Blue Ribbon School for consistently high test scores.
  • Publications such as Newsweek and U.S. World News and World Report rank Shorewood High School as one of the nation’s finest high schools.
  • U.S. News and World Report rated SHS a Silver Medal as one of the best high schools in the country
  • The Shorewood Intermediate School was recognized by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as an Exemplary Middle School.
  • Milwaukee Magazine cited the Shorewood School District as one of the best school districts for “the best bang for the buck.”

Academic Achievement

  • ACT composite score is 25.9/ Wis. Average 22.3/National Average 21.1 Shorewood High School is consistently one of the highest scorers in the greater Milwaukee area.
  • On average, 91% of students go on to 2- or 4-year colleges.

Unique Programming

  • The District has one of the largest Summer Strings programs in the state.
  • High school students have more than 40 co-curricular options.
  • The Advanced Learning Department offers more than 16 different clubs and programs.
  • Character education program begins in elementary school to help students learn to be compassionate, honest, responsible and respectful.
  • Opportunities to participate in award-winning performance and visual arts programs including band, choir, drama, graphic arts, drama and theater tech.
  • Intermediate school students have a daily advisory period to enhance each student’s character education through discussion of issues surrounding peer and family relationships, decision making, and responsibility to the school and the community.

Athletic Opportunities/Recognition

  • The High School offers 23 sports and 57% of students participate in at least one sport.
  • The High School Boys' Cross Country team won the WIAA State Championship in 2010, the 2nd State Championship in a row, and 7th in the past 11 years.
  • The Boys’ Cross Country Coach was selected by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association as the 2009-10 NFHS Coaches Association Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year for Wisconsin.
  • The Girls' Swim team won their 4th straight Woodland Conference Championship in 2010.

Strong Diversity

  • Shorewood ranks 10th among the 50 districts in South Eastern Wisconsin for diversity (26.7%).
  • The District has students from 36 countries that speak 32 languages. Our English language Learners program supports the whole family. Approx. 13% of our student body speaks English as a Second Language.

Forging Partnerships

Community partnerships add strength to the Shorewood schools:

  • The SEED foundation, D2D, parent groups, the Alumni Association, the Shorewood Foundation, and the Village Board all support the District in fund-raising initiatives.
  • Through our New Horizons Charter School the District partners with many organizations that focus on environmental stewardship.
  • Numerous advisory boards blend with our staff to add community expertise.
  • A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available and parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s educational journey.